Berklee Summer in the CityJesse Taitt
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.
As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela and Mike Tucker.
At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.
During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.
Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.
Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott.
As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.
Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.